November 2, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Shawn Holmes, a teacher at Seeley-Swan High School, has been included in a select group of America's teachers being honored by their toughest critics - their former students, in the sixth edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2000.
All of the approximately 114, 000 teachers being honored were selected by their former students who themselves are currently listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students", or The National Dean's List", publications which recognize 5% of our nation's high school and college students respectively. Paul Prouse, publisher of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, said, "There is no greater honor teachers can receive than to be recognized by former students for their excellence and dedication. In this publication we clearly have the best teachers in America selected by the best students."
The students were requested to nominate the one teacher from their entire academic career who "made a difference in their lives" by helping to shape their values, inspiring interest in a particular subject and/or challenging them to strive for excellence. Many of the students commented about the enthusiasm and knowledge their teachers demonstrated in the classroom, and many praised their teachers for their ability to relate to youngsters on a personal as well as a professional level. One student wrote about her teacher, saying, "She made education something pleasurable, instead of a dreadful ordeal by letting me spread my wings and showing me the best way to fly."